An Okey Doke artist at work (Image: Instagram/@skullleader00)
Best tattoo parlours in Toronto
An Okey Doke artist at work (Image: Instagram/@skullleader00)

The Best Tattoo Shops And Parlours In Toronto For Your Next Tattoo

Thinking about getting inked but don’t know where to start? Here are the top tattoo parlours in Toronto and some amazing celebrity ink to inspire you…

Tattoos are no longer the exclusive domain of outlaws and bikers. From A-list celebrities to bankers on Bay Street, permanent body art is now being wielded for fashion and self-expression. Full sleeves hide under business suits and delicate ink peeks out from beneath cocktail dresses. But if you’re thinking of going under the needle, ensure that you’re getting the best the industry has to offer by going to one of Toronto’s top tattoo studios.

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Full back panther by Damon at Chronic Ink (Image: Instagram/@chronicink)

Chronic Ink Tattoos

252 Eglinton Ave East & 7381 Kennedy Rd. Unit #105
You no longer have to travel to Markham to get the best traditional Asian tattoos in the GTA, as Chronic Ink also has a location at Yonge and Eglinton. This studio’s artists are committed to dispelling negative stereotypes about the industry and have become known for their stunning custom work.

Passage Tattoo Parlour

473 Church Street
Tucked away on bustling Church Street, Passage Tattoo Parlour has built a reputation for their no-nonsense approach to tattoos (“we just do awesome tattoos!” their website boasts). With their emphasis on traditional and neo-traditional tattoos, you can expect clean lines and bold colours from their talented artists.

Golden Iron

363 Spadina Ave & 3453 Yonge St
Shop Owner Cysen opened his first location in Chinatown in 2011 and has since gained a strong reputation for awe-inspiring work. With 91 tattoo convention awards under his belt (his goal is to have 100,) and a shop mantra that has the studio artists and apprentices always focused on bettering their skills, less than impressive work won’t be found at Golden Iron. Both studios feature artists that specialize in a wide array of styles including black & gray realistic, traditional, dot work, line work and single needle, so there’s an artist to suit every design.

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Simple wave piece by Lindsay at Golden Iron (Image: Instagram/@GoldenIron_tattoos_toronto)

New Tribe Tattoo

232 Queen Street West
With a 4,000-square-foot studio, New Tribe is the largest tattoo studio in Toronto. With an artist specializing in almost any style you could want. You can consider them your one-stop shop for quality custom tattoos.

The Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

1229 Dundas St West
Shop owner Eric has been tattooing in Toronto since 1996. His deep connection to Toronto’s tattoo industry, frequent visits from international guest artists, and the talent of himself and his staff explain why they’ve become known as “your favourite tattoo artist’s tattoo shop.”

Archive Tattoo Studio

1528 Dundas Street West
In years since they opened, the team at Archive Tattoo Studio has built a reputation, not only for their impeccable work, but for creating tattoos that truly bring their clients’ ideas to life. They take the consultation process seriously and won’t touch needle to skin until you’re 100% happy with the design.

If you’re looking for some tat-spiration, look to our celebrities tattoo gallery to satisfy that ink fix.

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And for those who can’t quite commit to a permanent tattoo, there’s always Picattoo; an app that turns your Instagram photos into temporary tattoos!

If you’ve gone under the needle, what are some of your favourite tattoo parlours in Toronto? Let Vv Magazine know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.